According to the latest UK Home Office report data, Nigerians made the biggest increase in the number of dependents with students holding study visas at the end of June 2022.
The report said, “At the end of June 2022, the number of sponsored study visas (both to the main applicants and their dependents) stood at 486,868 students, while in 2019 the number increased to 202,147. This number has seen an increase of 71% in June 2022.
The report also noted that there were 117,965 grants to Indian citizens at the end of June 2022, up from 80,569 in 2019, which is a 215% increase. Chinese nationals rank second in the list of countries offering sponsored study visas with 115,056 visas at the end of June 2022. In 2019, the number of Chinese nationals with this type of visa was 119,825. Which is 4% less than the previous figures this year.
The report also noted that among the other top 5 nationalities, Nigerian citizens saw the largest increase in sponsored study grants as compared to 2019. The number rose by 57,545 (+686%) to a high of 65,929, making Nigerians the third largest nationality group in the new year.
According to the Daily Mail, the UK represented 40 per cent of the total number of dependents between June 2021 and June 2022 and “some 34,000 Nigerians were granted study visas in the UK, bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependents”.
Britain’s Home Secretary and Minister of Intergovernmental Relations and Minister of Equalities Nadim Zahvi are also reportedly considering limiting the number of children accompanying international students as part of efforts to reduce the number of unskilled migrants.
For work visas, Nigeria recorded the second highest figure in the list of nationalities that got approval for the new year.
Meanwhile, the UK home secretary, Suella Braverman, had earlier announced her “aspirations” to cut the overall immigration figure amid a growing clamor from party workers for the government to control immigration levels.